Category Archives: education

Did I waste my college opportunity?

In two months, if all goes well and schedule permits, I will attend my 25-year reunion at Duke. I never really wanted to go anywhere else for college. In high school, I had a list of schools that mildly interested … Continue reading

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A thought on learning

Slightly out of context from the piece as a whole, which is full of caution about grad school, but this is brilliantly written: Society only exists because brains can learn, but academia is the only part of society that acts … Continue reading

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The value of a four-year college

Three weeks into my symbolic logic class, I realized I didn’t belong. It certainly seemed like a good idea to take it. I was a philosophy major, and I had aced logic. Loved it. Breezed through it. I slowly realized … Continue reading

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Liberal arts are not optional

Math and science are absolutely important. I’m appalled when I see journalists who don’t grasp basic math concepts and when I see people post scientific nonsense. The irony here is that liberal arts grads may often have a¬†better respect for … Continue reading

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We R not smrt

Canadian magazine Maclean’s looks southward and shudders. A few painful excerpts from a thorough beatdown that starts with a bunch of frightening statistics on America’s willful scientific ignorance: If the rise in uninformed opinion was limited to impenetrable subjects that … Continue reading

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Liberal arts: Still not dead

Andrew Sullivan highlights a couple of words in defense of studying English and other liberal arts, first from the hiring point of view and then from a more general “hey, maybe people should know how to think” point of view, … Continue reading

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Just (Google) the facts – learn how to innovate

Thomas Friedman speaks with Harvard educator Tony Wagner and concludes that today’s students need to learn to think on their feet, not learn a bunch of things that are easily Googled or quickly outdated. Need a Job? Invent It – … Continue reading

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